once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

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once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

Postby shmoo597 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:27 pm

Lots of misinformation floating around - the 24 hour rule, the 48 hour rule, different time frames for different cities, etc.

What's the truth here? For those of you at CLS and other schools that have been done with OCI for 1-2 weeks, what can you tell us? When did the majority of your callbacks occur, and was there a real difference between NYC, vs DC, vs CA?

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Re: once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:34 pm

CLS student here. I received nearly all of my CBs between 24 and 48 hours of the interview (2 within 24 hours, none outside 48). All NYC firms.

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Re: once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:37 pm

Same - 3 within 48, none outside 48 (so far).

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Re: once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:57 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Same - 3 within 48, none outside 48 (so far).

Went on a callback today for a firm that waited a week to contact us. They explained that the process is slow because they recruit at over a dozen schools, some of which haven't begun OCI yet, so their hiring committee hasn't even convened yet, so there's no point in them issuing early callbacks and not remembering them by the time evaluations roll around.

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Re: once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

Postby Zugzwang » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:03 am

I got a cb from a firm with a 24hr policy (so stated on their website) 5 days after my interview.

So, in short: meaningless.

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Re: once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:28 am

60% of mine were within 48 hours of the initial interview. 1 was 3 weeks (!) after the initial interview (not an OCI interview). Others were between 3 and 10 days.

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Re: once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:14 am

CA school bidding NYC firms. Most cb within 2-3 days. DPW 4 days

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Re: once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:23 am

any callbacks on......weekends?

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Re: once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:37 am

I had a screening interview with a Boston firm on a Thursday and got a callback on the following Monday.

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Re: once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:16 am

I've interviewed with patent firms that have said they weren't doing callbacks until late September to November.

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Re: once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:15 am

Anonymous User wrote:any callbacks on......weekends?


Yes. I got a callback at 5pm on a Sunday.

The only rule is it depends. Every interviewer and firm does things differently. Until you are rejected, you may get a callback. Obviously the longer it has been (and the more you hear of other students receiving callbacks) the less likely it becomes, but there isn't a hard and fast rule. OP had it spot on that it varies and it's hard to say.

In general I've found NYC firms to move faster than DC firms, but I've received callbacks well after 48 hours from NYC firms and I've received callbacks in like 16 hours from DC firms. So, it depends.

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Re: once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:29 am

48 hours seems to be the norm in DC, but at many firms, rejections have been given to only some of the people who didn't receive callbacks. This makes me think there is definitely a hold pile, but it's impossible to tell what being on hold means. Are firms only calling back the very best candidates and saving a lot for later, or are firms holding onto only a few applications just in case they can't fill their classes from the early callbacks? Time will tell...

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Re: once and for all: the time frame for callbacks

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:03 am

from speaking with a former hiring partner, there is most definitely a hold pile. he said they would split the students into definite yeses, definites nos, and people they aren't sure about. of course, in this market most maybes will become no's.




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